Our babies are our most precious gifts, and we want to do everything we can to protect them. They are so small, soft and smell divine, but their skin is so delicate. So how do we protect their skin from the environmental factors that surround them daily, and keep their skin soft and soothed?
A common route for baby skin conditions has been treating them with ointments and creams prescribed by GPs and Specialists. However, more and more parents and guardians are looking for natural alternatives to care for their little bundles skin.
Eczema is one of those common skin conditions that parents and guardians are seeking a natural alternative for. Steroid creams are generally prescribed by a GP to help relieve symptoms of Eczema, but there is an increase in people seeking a natural alternative. Keeping baby’s skin moisturised is a key factor – rather than only moisturising when you notice dryness or a flare up, implementing a daily skincare routine for your little one is key in keeping it consistently moisturised. If you notice dry or itchy skin on your little one, a Calendula bath can help to reduce the discomfort. Calendula has been used in baby products for centuries because it can soothe and protect delicate skin.
1. Place a handful of fresh or dried calendula and put into a stainless steel bowl
2. Cover with boiling water and put a plate on top of the bowl
3. Infuse for 15-20 minutes and then strain the calendula out
4. Tip the cooled infusion into baby’s bath
Washing clothes and bedding with a natural and un-fragranced laundry powder/liquid for sensitive skin can also help reduce skin irritation in babies.
At The Herb Farm we have a holistic view of natural healing and have created a 100% natural solution for helping with eczema. Our Soothe & Heal range includes a cream and a soap and these products contain Waihi Bush’s famous flax oil, along with other anti-inflammatory and healing oils and extracts, and are handcrafted on-site at The Herb Farm.
Our Soothe & Repair range includes a cream and a gentle soap.
Soothe & Repair Soap – what you wash with is very important in the prevention and healing of eczema, we strongly recommend discarding shower gels and soaps which are not natural. This soap offers a gentle and soothing alternative for all the family.
Soothe & Repair Cream – this is the natural alternative to steroid creams which helps to reduce redness, ease itching and heal the skin. This cream has had amazing results for all types of itchy skin conditions.
Nappy Rash is another common skin concern. Changing your baby’s nappy frequently can help reduce the chance of nappy rash but more often than not, your baby will experience some degree of nappy rash – it really is one of those unavoidable things that can occur no matter how careful and diligent we are. Using a warm cloth to wipe the area clean and applying a natural barrier cream can help reduce irritation. Allow the area to dry completely before popping on the next nappy - giving baby nappy free time can help dry the area and also help reduce the occurrence of nappy rash - just keep your wits about you during nappy free time…especially with boys!
Another common skin condition is cradle cap – although it can be hard, resist the urge to scratch the cradle cap! Instead, use a small amount of pure natural oil like coconut oil, almond oil or organic olive oil and gently rub it onto your baby’s scalp – let it sit for about 15 minutes and then using a gentle baby comb, comb out any flakes that have lifted and then wash the scalp.
Our Mum & Bub Everything Cream is a great addition to your baby bag for helping with both nappy rash and cradle cap, along with cracked nipples! A one-stop wonder to have on hand when you are at home or out and about.
Although as parents and guardians we have a lot of things to worry about, keeping our baby’s skin in good condition is one worry we can address with a soft, natural approach, keeping the delicate skin of our most precious gifts, happy, healthy and soothed.